It’s fashionable amid Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine to call for a ban on everything Russian, including individuals. Such actions can be done with the best of intentions, but care must be taken not to trample freedom while trying to protect it.
Today’s column in Common Sense by Bari Weiss, Things Worth Fighting For – What We Can Learn From President Zelensky – cites several examples of this type.
“Russia House, a restaurant in Washington, DC near Dupont Circle, has been vandalized more than once – its windows have been smashed and its door kicked in.
“In Vancouver, St. Sophia’s Orthodox Church had red paint thrown on the front doors.
“The Orchester symphonique de Montréal has canceled a performance by Russian virtuoso Alexander Malofeev. Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Opera has dropped one of its most famous sopranos and replaced the Russian singer with a Ukrainian. And a Formula 1 team has fired Russian driver Nikita Mazepin.
“The Paralympic Games – they are games for people with disabilities – banned Russians from participating. In the UK, a planned tour of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia has been cancelled.
“Oh, and let’s not forget the cats: the International Federation of Cats has banned Russian cats. Seriously.”
Weiss writes that this mob mentality “goes against the most fundamental tenet of liberal democracy: individual freedom.”
She says one of the main lessons from what is happening in Ukraine is that fighting for noble causes is important. It’s the configuration of what she says are the things worth fighting for: individual freedom, America, and civilization.
His essay reminds us why we do what we do at Kansas Political Institute, The Sentineland Kansas Institute of Justice. Please take a few minutes to read his eloquent call to defend “the home front of the free world”.